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Bless Report 2014 by Anba Youanis

Posted by on 28 May 2015 in News | 0 comments

The Bless annual report for the year 2014 including the details of all donations and activities. This report will show where the money you have donated is going. Please click here for the report in English. Please click here for the report in Arabic.

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H.H. Pope Tawadros II Visit

Posted by on 22 Nov 2014 in News | 0 comments

H.H. Pope Tawadros II Visit

H.H. Pope Tawadros II visited the Bishopric at El-Anba Rowais land on its 51st foundation anniversary

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Coptic Partnership Fundraiser 2014

Posted by on 1 Nov 2014 in Events, News | Comments Off on Coptic Partnership Fundraiser 2014

Coptic Partnership Fundraiser 2014

THE COPTIC PARTENSHIP FOR RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT IS HOSTING ITS ANNUAL FURDRAISER On Sunday 23 November 2014, 5-7 pm At Sheraton Skyline hotel London Heathrow Bath Road (A4), Hayes, Middlesex, London UB3...

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BLESS UK committee

Posted by on 9 Oct 2013 in News | Comments Off on BLESS UK committee

BLESS UK committee

Dear Brethren, Wishing you a blessed Great Lent, we would like to share with you briefly the letter from Anba Youannis, the bishop of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services, about the services of the bishopric. The income/donations for 2013 of the bishopric was L.E 15,304,985(fifteen million three hundreds and fourthousands nine hundreds eighty five Egyptian pounds). While your donations total, from UKreached £100,000 (equivalent to L.E. 1,075,591). Details of the total donations for the bishopric were as follows(L.E): • 1,075,591 – BLESS UK • 7,471,795 –BLESS USA • 2,822,574 – BLESSAustralia • 21,368– BLESSFrance • 102,897 – DorcasFoundation • 2,870,760 –Bishopric services supporters in Egypt • 940,000– Income from generating projects Total L.E 15,304,985 The bishopric spent the above amount fully as follows (L.E): 1. Families’ funding/sponsoring project:Spent on 1434 families who lost their breadwinner and had no other income source.L.E 1,566,075 2. Assisting/funding students:Spent on1842students (school fees + monthly expenses)L.E 128,830 3. Assisting marriage expenses: Spent on 2419 girls for marriage expenses L.E 2,900,410 4. Assisting medical treatments:Spent on 5481 casesL.E 7,274,673 5. Housing and Infrastructure Program: Spent on3872 cases.L.E 1,521,050 6. Income generating projectsProgram: 272 projects costL.E 244,826 7. Funds for Sudan and Emergencies: L.E 1,044,717. 8. Funds for violence victims: L.E 626,192. Though your donations reached £100,000 (1,075,591L.E), yet there is an increasing demand due to prices inflation, a higher number of needy people and in particular the high expenses spent on Nervures diseases (degenerative) treatment. We kindly urge you, to increase your contribution in this service, to serve the Lord’s brothers in both Egypt and Sudan. For those who would like to have a stand order forms, please contact of Bless UK committee members: Dr Ihab Tadros : 07831132313 George Mansi : 0020226400075 Rushdi Damien: 07956345701 MagdiShukri: 07903259696 Midhat Michael: 07967580945 We thank you and ask the Lord to bless your donations for the sake of his Holy name. BLESS UK committee. BLESS UK(Charity registration No: 1005852) Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services 29 Middlefield, London NW8 6nd Email address: epc.uk@virging.net Tel:...

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Sanctify ye a fast

Posted by on 27 Mar 2013 in News | 0 comments

Sanctify ye a fast

Dear Fathers and beloved brethren, friends of BLESS U.K. The peace, love, and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. Beloved brethren, I am writing to you while we are in the holy Lenten days, which the Lord of Glory has done on our behalf. These are the holiest days of the year, as said by Saint Macarius the Great: “The holy lent is the yeast of the entire year” Let us my beloved ones contemplate and live these days by the words of Joel the Prophet : “Sanctify ye a fast” (Joel 1:14, 2:15) He did not say “Fast”. Rather, he said: “Sanctify ye a fast”. This expression has a deep meaning. It means that we should truly repent of every sin and live in sanctity. Fasting is closely related to repentance. The true fasting accepted by God is the fasting of the heart, the fasting in which the heart truly repents. In his speech about fasting, Joel the Prophet refers to the close relation between fasting and repentance: In the first chapter, he says: “Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord” (Joel 1:14) Also, in the second chapter, he says: “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, (First phase of repentance) And with fasting, (Second phase of repentance) And with weeping, and with mourning: (Third phase of repentance) And rend your heart, and not your garments, (Fourth phase of repentance) And turn unto the Lord your God: (Fifth phase of repentance) For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil” (Joel 2:12, 13) “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly” (Joel 2:15) Here, Joel the Prophet lists the five phases of repentance: 1) Making a decision to repent: To answer the call of God, where Joel the prophet says: “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart”(Joel 2:12) For repentance is turning to the Lord. Turning to the Lord with all one’s heart, where the Lord says ” My son, give me thine heart” (Proverbs 23:26) 2) Showing repentance through fasting by mouth and heart: Joel the Prophet says: “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting…” (Joel 2:12) Fasting by heart and grovelling to God lead to true fasting, in which the heart fasts. It leads to a true repentance of heart through returning to the Lord. These are the words of the Lord as said by Isaiah the Prophet: “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and break every yoke” (Isaiah 58:7) 3) Showing repentance with weeping and mourning: Joel the Prophet says: “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart .. with weeping, and with mourning” (Joel 2:12) Just like the repentance of a sinful woman who wet Jesus’ feet with her tears (Luke 7:44) Also, there is the repentance of St. Peter the Apostle who disowned Jesus … “And he...

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